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Our Picks For the Coziest Comfort Food

These dishes will comfort you to your core

We’ve rounded up all our favorite meaty, cheesy, gooey, fried dishes – all made with love – from your favorite Lettuce Entertain You restaurants. Read on to find out all of our favorite comfort foods that are sure to satisfy any craving.

Bub City’s Fried Pickles

Fried Pickles at Bub CityBub City’s entire menu is comfort food but one of our top picks? The classic Fried Pickles served with housemade creamy ranch for dippin’. Pro tip: Add these onto one of Bub City’s BBQ packages to-go and be sure to take a nap immediately after consumption.

Order carryout or delivery from Bub City – River NorthMake a reservation at Bub City – River North.

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Looking to try making fried pickles at home? Check out Bub City’s recipe for fried pickles.

Pizzeria Portofino’s Parmesan Fries

Parmesan Fries from Pizzeria PortofinoWhat is it about fried potatoes? We don’t ask, we just eat. Pizzeria Portofino’s crispy fries are topped with parmesan cheese and come with a side of garlic aioli. Pair it with one of the signature pizzas and you’ve got instant happiness.

Order carryout or delivery from Pizzeria Portofino. Make a reservation at Pizzeria Portofino.

For more fries, here are our spots to eat the best fries.

Mon Ami Gabi’s French Onion Soup

Mon AMi Gabi French Onion SoupIt’s soup season, and that means we’ll be at Mon Ami Gabi for the iconic French Onion Soup at least twice a week.

Make a reservation or order carryout or delivery at the Mon Ami Gabi location nearest you. 

Make it a home, view Mon Ami Gabi’s French Onion Soup recipe.

Check out more of our favorite soups here.

A Piping Hot Bowl from Ramen from Ramen-san

Ramen-san Tonkotsu RamenA bowl of ramen is like big warm hug on a cold day. Enter Ramen-san!

Order carryout or delivery from the Ramen-san location nearest you. Make a reservation at Ramen-san.


 Ema’s Delicata Squash Farro

Butternut Squash Risotto at EmaEma’s Delicata Squash Farro with brown butter, parmesan and butternut vinaigrette, is perfect for the rainiest of days

Order Ema for carryout and delivery.  Make a reservation at Ema.


Pad Thai from Big Bowl

shrimp pad thaiThe classic Chicken, Vegetable, Shrimp or Tofu Pad Thai at Big Bowl is crave-worthy for lunch and dinner.

Order carryout or delivery from the Big Bowl location nearest you.

Make Chicken Pad Thai at home with this recipe from Big Bowl, find it here.

Fried Chicken from Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab

Joes fried chickenWe’d venture as far to say that Joe’s Fried Chicken might be the juiciest we’ve ever tasted. Lovingly coated in seasoned flour and cracker meal blend, it could also make a run for one the crispiest. Pair it with a bottle of champagne for your next special stay-at-home occasion.

Make a reservation or order carryout or delivery from the Joe’s Seafood location nearest you. 


Check out this list of the best fried chicken dishes around Lettuce Entertain You restaurants.


The Lamb Ragu Hummus from Aba

Lamb Ragu Hummus from AbaAn Aba signature? The Lamb Ragu Hummus. Dip into this little piece of heaven with their warm, housemade pita topped with Za’atar seasoning, for a melt-in-your-mouth Mediterranean delight.

Make a reservation at Aba – Chicago. Order carryout or delivery from Aba- Chicago. 

Make a reservation at Aba – Austin. Order carryout or delivery from Aba – Austin.


The Buffalo Chicken Nachos from RJ Grunts and the Famous Pulled Chicken Nachos from Hub 51

RJ Grunts Buffalo Chicken NachosLet’s talk nachos. For this comfort category, we just couldn’t decide so here are two you’ve got to try. Order up RJ Grunts’ Buffalo Chicken Nachos or go for the classics with Hub 51’s Famous Pulled Chicken Nachos.

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hub 51 nachos

Order carryout or delivery from Hub 51. Make a reservation at Hub 51.


The Ricotta Cavatelli from Osteria Via Stato

Osteria Ricotta CavatelliIt’s true, we could eat pasta for breakfast, lunch and dinner! There’s so many delicious handmade pastas to choose from at our restaurants like the Mama Depandi’s Bucatini at RPM Italian (Chicago & D.C.), the Gnocchi Bolognese at Antico Posto, the Spicy Shrimp Scampi at il Porcellino, the Spicy Penna Alla Vodka at Stella Barra Pizzeria & Wine Bar, or the Rigatoni with Sasuage and Broccoli from Saranello’s to name a few. But you can’t go wrong with Osteria’s Ricotta Cavatelli with wild mushrooms, ricotta cheese, and parmesan broth, it’s perfectly suited for those chilly winter nights.

Order carryout and delivery from Osteria Via Stato. Make a reservation at Osteria Via Stato.

View more of our best pastas here.

il Porcellino’s Burrata Lasagna

Burrata Lasagna from il PorcellinoSpeaking of pasta, how do you feel about layers of lasagna noodles and burrata cheese smothered in Bolognese sauce? If you’re nodding your head feverishly, you’re in the right place. Adding on the Garlic Bread to your order is always a good idea, so go ahead! 

Order carryout or delivery from il Porcellino. Make a reservation at il Porcellino.

Check out this recipe and make an il Porcellino inspired lasagna at home.

Lobster Mac & Cheese from Shaw’s Crab House

Lobster Mac and CheeseIt’s your childhood favorite, but with delicious, fresh lobster! Shaw’s Lobster Mac & Cheese makes for a delicious side dish or make a meal out of it. For more elevated options of this comfort food classic, try RPM Seafood’s King Crab Mac & Cheese! Looking for a classic, downright cheesy version? Might we suggest Bub City’s Mac N’ Cheesy!

Order Shaw’s Crab House – Chicago for carryout or delivery. Make a reservation on the Shaw’s Crab House – Chicago.

Order Shaw’s Crab House – Schaumburg for carryout or delivery. Make a reservation on the Shaw’s Crab House – Schaumburg. 


Any Burger from M Burger (but make it Roman-Style)

Roman Style Burger

Burgers count as a food group right? Whether you like your burger classic, vegetarian and topped with black truffle, we’ve got a burger that’s perfect for you. Check out M Burger and be sure to ask for your burger Roman-Style, which means you get a grilled cheese for each bun on any sandwich.

Order carryout or delivery from the M Burger location nearest you.

Looking for more burger inspiration? Check out our guide to some of our best burgers at Lettuce restaurants near you.


Detroit-style Pizza from B Square Pizza 

B Square Pizza MozzerellaNow available in Chicago’s Northern Suburbs, B Square Pizza’s Detroit-style is has the perfect crust that is light and airy complete with crispy browned edges.

Order from B Square Pizza – Wheeling. 

Tavern-style? Thin Crust? Artisan? Deep Dish? Cauliflower? No matter what pizza team you’re on, we’ve got options from Stella Barra Pizzeria & Wine Bar, Osteria Via Stato, Pizzeria Portofino, and more. Check out our pizza guide here. 


And for dessert, the Triple Layer Chocolate Cake from Wildfire

Wildfire triple layer chocolate cakeIt’s OK to skip right to dessert! For the ultimate decadent, chocolate bite, order up Wildfire’s Triple Layer Chocolate Cake.

Order carryout or delivery or make a reservation at the Wildfire location nearest you.

For more dessert ideas, here’s our dessert guide.

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